bubble: "We like to fight, all in, not that much utility and just go all in!"

We talked to Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov, whose Windigo made it through Group E with the top seed after a victory over Movistar Riders and splitting maps with fnatic.

Windigo, the squad representing Bulgaria at the WESG 2018 World Finals, will face underdogs Furious, although were they to win, everything points towards MIBR waiting for them in the quarter-finals. bubble & co. made their way to the playoffs after beating the Spanish side, Movistar Riders, and tying with fnatic.

bubble thinks MIBR would be their toughest opponent

In the interview, bubble walks us through preparation, the team's evolution with Valentin "poizon" Vasilev in the squad, the feelings before flying to China and after playing their first match day, and the team and organization settling things and no longer having the roster transfer listed.

First of all, let's talk about before you came here. You were playing the Pinnacle Cup, did you have any time to prepare?

We played a lot of online cups and we bootcamped for a week. We had good and bad times, but we're playing pretty well here. Everyone is on point, so...

You say you had some good and bad times, were you not very confident coming in?

We weren't coming with a lot of confidence but we had two days' practice here and we saw that everyone was on point with communication, shooting, and yeah... it's totally different from the bootcamp.

You had a rough group with Riders and fnatic, you beat the former 2-0 and tied with fnatic... Was that expected?

We knew the maps we were going to play. Honestly, I expected to win Overpass against fnatic and I knew that Inferno was going to be a very tough match. Against Movistar I expected to play Overpass as well, but they decided to ban it, so we picked their weakest map, Mirage. We knew they were going to pick Train, and honestly, I was expecting we would win 2-0, but winning Overpass instead of Mirage.

You were also supposed to face ENCE before they decided to pull out, how did you feel about that, would you have liked to play them?

Sure, yeah! They were the Major finalists, so it would have been a good experience for us, but yeah...

What goals did you have for the tournament? And now?

The first goal was to get through the group stage and show everything we got and go forward as much as we can. The team we're more scared of is MIBR because they're playing Nuke now and they have a really good map pool. We practiced Overpass against them and they had some pretty insane results against us, so it's going to be a scary game if we play against them.

The team has been together for about five months now, how is after bringing on poizon, one of the big up and coming talents?

He was adapting pretty fast. I gave him all of the roles I was doing before and I took Nikolay "pNshr" Paunin's roles. He's playing a bit aggressive and he has more space than I had before as an AWPer. He's showing insane confidence, and he's giving us confidence because when he's fighting we can't leave him, so it's just fighting everywhere. He brings a lot of firepower to the team and we're happy that we have him.

Do you like that aggressive style?

Yeah, for sure, for sure. We like to fight, all in, not that much utility and just go all in! [laughs]

Do you think the team plays better on LAN than online?

Actually, I think we're a bit better online because we lack some LAN experience as a team, but today we showed a different team on LAN and I expect us to be like this in the future, to grow as a team and get more experience at tournaments like this. It's going to be helpful.

One thing that I can't recall being resolved was the whole issue of the team being for sale. How did that all end up?

No, no, three of the players already re-signed new contracts, we're sticking together and looking forward.

So it was just a rough moment?

Yeah, but everything is fine now.

So Yanko "blocker" Panov is sitting in the middle, is he calling now?

No, no, I'm still calling, he's sitting in the middle because we changed around who's sitting where for everyone to be confident.

Is it to like look at each other's monitors to see what's happening and so on?

Yeah, exactly. And you know, me and Viktor "v1c7oR" Dyankov have been playing for a long, long time together, like four or five years already, so we stick together, close to each other, and the young players stick close to each other on the other side.

Bulgaria Yanko 'blocker' Panov
Yanko 'blocker' Panov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
499
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Viktor 'v1c7oR' Dyankov
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Nikolay 'pNshr' Paunin
Nikolay 'pNshr' Paunin
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
588
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Bulgaria Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Valentin 'poizon' Vasilev
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
532
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Kamen 'bubble' Kostadinov
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1410
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
nice
2019-03-12 19:36
#10
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2019-03-12 19:42
#12
M | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5?
2019-03-12 19:49
no ! phone notif
2019-03-12 19:50
How can I make myself have phone notifications as well?
2019-03-12 20:31
just download hltv app from play store
2019-03-12 20:31
oh EZ man I just click refresh every 5 minutes on HLTV
2019-03-13 16:49
#2
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
Good
2019-03-12 19:37
#49
fnx | 
Brazil Joao@NTC 
In other words - "we like to throw, not that big odds, all in and go!"
2019-03-12 23:29
Great read
2019-03-12 19:37
#4
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
Good
2019-03-12 19:37
Tier10
2019-03-12 19:38
No Italian team ever in top 100 I am quite sure bro...
2019-03-12 20:32
Triggered?
2019-03-12 20:55
#39
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Sweden DrakenIsHot 
Says the italian
2019-03-12 21:16
#45
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United States Bochanka 
There’s Italian cs? Thought they just made pizzas
2019-03-12 22:06
We make pizzas. Stop making american pizza and call it pizza =)
2019-03-12 23:01
#65
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Korea ferizy 
+1 american pizza sucks.
2019-03-13 11:12
Nah. We don't have italian teams and we are shit at CS.
2019-03-12 23:01
#58
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Bulgaria 16|14 
Then don't talk shit.
2019-03-13 07:10
When did I talk shit? There are tier 1,2,3.. teams and tier 10 teams. Where's the problem? Better tier 10 than no scene in this case.
2019-03-13 10:48
#71
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Bulgaria 16|14 
Windigo is better than any italian team that ever existed, that's why i replied like that
2019-03-14 11:22
italy good map
2019-03-13 19:10
#6
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Sweden Zaser5 
good guy
2019-03-12 19:39
+1
2019-03-12 21:11
#7
dupreeh | 
France unkzZ7 
Ovperass againist correct this ! Good read
2019-03-12 19:39
#8
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Switzerland Tang1 
Good luck boys !
2019-03-12 19:39
MIBR IS SO GOOD BRO
2019-03-12 19:40
#56
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
+1
2019-03-13 04:42
#11
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Bulgaria karucar 
I hope mibr choke
2019-03-12 19:44
interesting read
2019-03-12 19:50
thats a low iq argument, but expected from whatever that country is
2019-03-12 19:52
#16
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Brazil davidzor 
Its Bulgaria
2019-03-12 19:54
#19
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Which argument to be precise?
2019-03-12 19:55
#24
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Bulgaria 16|14 
Ti eba putkata maina mangal dolen
2019-03-12 20:07
#26
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United Kingdom CLaPpp 
Said the baguette man whilst the French CS has been degrading for the last few years. Are you envious, copain? Or just croissant?
2019-03-12 20:21
#17
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
Too bad they gt mibr.
2019-03-12 19:55
#23
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Germany zeolikk 
Is this happens because we are from Bulgaria?
2019-03-12 20:04
#40
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Bulgaria karucar 
dead meme
2019-03-12 21:19
#41
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Germany zeolikk 
stop talking newfag
2019-03-12 21:27
#42
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Bulgaria karucar 
u mad?
2019-03-12 21:28
#43
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Germany zeolikk 
nah all fine
2019-03-12 21:29
Thats why they beat MR
2019-03-12 19:55
#20
REAL | 
Norway strifer- 
Wise words
2019-03-12 19:57
There's nothing to be ashamed of, everyone should be afraid of mibr 2019 They gonna rekt
2019-03-12 20:03
get it boi
2019-03-12 20:02
good interview : short, clean and laconic. gl Windigo:)
2019-03-12 20:09
Bulgaria is going to rape us lollll
2019-03-12 20:24
#60
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Argentina ManaosRules 
+1 but I believe in FG anyway
2019-03-13 07:20
#30
CeRq | 
Bulgaria And1n1 
if we beat the argentines we prob gonna get MIBR which sucks :(
2019-03-12 20:32
#32
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Russia hanzjosha 
with buble`s aim its always better to have some utiliity lul
2019-03-12 20:32
#33
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
"Windigo, the squad representing Bulgaria at the WESG 2018 World Finals, will face underdogs Furious, although were they to win, everything points towards MIBR waiting for them in the quarter-finals." FAK Anyways, GL boys, gonna cheer the whole way.
2019-03-12 20:48
you guys remember the old bulgarian e-frag squad that would just fucking force buy round after round? just thinking about it is giving me nightmares again.
2019-03-12 21:06
kinda like g2 xd
2019-03-12 21:10
Efrag is from bulgaria? Last time i remember they manage to reach top 5 before they losing too many match and disband
2019-03-13 03:04
#59
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Bulgaria 16|14 
Dude you're trippin', no bulgarian team ever was top 5.
2019-03-13 07:14
#61
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Bulgaria NeonAssassin 
yea at best i think we were top15 or something
2019-03-13 08:08
#62
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Bulgaria 16|14 
yeah
2019-03-13 09:28
#66
DEVIL | 
Namibia BrownBoy 
Ahahaha yes. People called them e-force all the time in chat.
2019-03-13 12:01
THIS IS just an excuse when they throw, and it easy to lose rounds this way. they go all in. fucking gypsys
2019-03-12 21:12
#44
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Bulgaria Ju7y 
Yeah, i can tell
2019-03-12 21:34
"we like just raaasjh B"
2019-03-12 23:00
noice strats
2019-03-12 23:43
Rofl imagine they beat fnatic with this kind of strats "Rush b no stop cykaa"
2019-03-13 03:06
"No worries ez win we've got utilities like one flash and one decoy oh and we only have tec9 and no armor but no fear"
2019-03-13 10:36
yes u like to fight but u and victor are always feeding
2019-03-13 03:43
I can clearly see bubble hasn’t got a high level of English, but I appreciate the effort, taking an interview. They play an okay level of CS and they have potential and firepower. I wish them the best in the playoffs!
2019-03-13 03:57
Cringe
2019-03-13 04:07
#57
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
nice
2019-03-13 04:46
#67
Luken | 
Finland 0lter 
Yes thrower team gj
2019-03-13 13:16
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